oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on the host plants and winged dispersal of Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas), and Myzus persicae (Sulzer) in South Africa

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The two most important aphid species on potatoes in South Africa are Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas) (= solanifolii Ashmead), and Myzus persicae (Sulzer). Many authors report that they colonize a great number of host plants both in Southern Africa (Muller & Scholl, 1958; B�nzli & B�ttiker, 1959) and other parts of the world (Patch, 1938), On account of their importance as vectors of potato viruses these aphids, and especially M. persicae, have attracted considerable attention with respect to their population dynamics on potatoes and other host plants.

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